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Art & Design


Art enables children to develop their creative imagination, enabling them to communicate what they see, feel and think through a range of tools, media and materials. During their time at Shaw-cum-Donnington, children are given regular opportunities to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Skills and techniques are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning. Throughout the key stages children’s experience of art is enriched by finding out about famous artists (past and present), working with local art providers wherever possible and exploring our local environment for inspiration. We aim to ensure that all children are given high quality experiences, especially those who may not have these opportunities outside of school.


What do we teach? What does this look like?
Through half and whole term topics the children learn to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • ​Use sketchbooks to develop their skills and record their ideas. (Ys1-6)
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Class teachers are responsible for the planning and teaching of art and design. When teaching art and design, teachers follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.  We also take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts, in order to enrich our Art and Design provision. Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.


By the time our children leave Shaw-cum-Donnington, they will:

  • Use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • Communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • Draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • Explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • Have an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • Think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Have independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • Select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • Reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Recognise the joy of creating and develop interests and passions which will grow with them beyond their time at Primary school.
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